Constituent Engagement, Mobility, Open Source

Re-Thinking the IT of the Government of Canada


Canada’s premier government technology event, GTEC, took place last week in Ottawa. The event delivered a thought-provoking program focused on providing IT decision makers in the Government of Canada the insights they need into technology and service delivery. The conference was built on four major tracks, all of which centered on themes critical to the Canadian government and moving towards the future of better citizen service and IT management.

Government transparency was a key topic discussed at the event, especially with the advent of a more digitized government. Questions of the social impact of citizen engagement in e-Government were answered and even more thought-provoking discussions on participatory government – and how Big Data efforts can lead to anticipatory government engagement – were thoroughly deliberated.

The aptly named conference track “Talking SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud)” also drew huge crowds to the event. As the Government of Canada moves from closed communications systems to open social platforms, connecting even the most remote parts of the country through social media and mobile devices, optimizing social and mobile communication and keeping these modes secure is of growing importance.

Other conference tracks included “Revitalizing the Core (of IT)” and “Security, Privacy and Trust – Defending our Digital Frontier,” the first of which drew inspiration from the initiative of modernizing systems, re-platforming solutions to remove scaling and performance barriers, and re-thinking legacy systems. The latter focused on the paradigm of the increasingly undefined digital space with personal, social, and organizational IT forcing government to re-think traditional approaches to cyber security.

Carahsoft was proud to exhibit at GTEC with our vendor partners – Adobe, Adobe Connect, Good Technology, Red Hat, and Salesforce. From better online communications, websites, mobility programs, and security, to reducing IT silos and re-thinking legacy technology systems, we are excited to continue to innovate alongside Canadian government IT officials to continue to improve technology efficiency and productivity. To learn more about our solutions supporting the Government of Canada initiatives discussed at GTEC, click here.

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